Struggling adolescent readers: A cultural construction

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(from the chapter) As researchers and teachers working in rapidly changing times and from a new literacies perspective, we are beginning to see how schools may unintentionally construct readers who struggle. This is indeed unfortunate given that improving academic literacy, while still a useful and valid goal, does not go far enough in educating youth for life in the 21st century. Finding new ways of seeing, thinking, talking, and writing about adolescents and their literacies in a digital world is a challenge worthy of our attention. It is also the purpose of this chapter. Toward that end, the chapter includes the following sections: (a) Assumptions Underlying the Research on Struggling Readers, (b) Various Approaches to Thinking About School Culture and Struggling Readers, and (c) Teaching for Critical Awareness Using New Media and Interactive Communications Technology. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)

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  • Donna E. Alvermann

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